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Beware of "Your Mailbox Closure Request is in Progress" Phishing Scam

2017-11-16T08:33:15  +
Beware of "Your Mailbox Closure Request is in Progress" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: "LAST WARNING: Your Mailbox Closure Request is in progress," which claims that a closure request will be processed shortly to empty or delete all the emails in the recipients' account Inbox and Sent-Items, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

Please continue below.

The Phishing Microsoft Outlook Email Message

Sent: 07 January 2017 15:31

To: noreply@outlook.office.com

Subject: LAST WARNING: Your Mailbox Closure Request is in progress

Security Information

Hello User,

We received your instruction to empty all your Inbox and Sent Folders

We will Delete & Close Your Account Within 24 hours

You need to confirm if you made this request or we will continue with the request.

If you think it is an error, take action immediately to stop this process.

CANCEL & STOP ACTION NOW

Thank You,

Accounts Team

The link in the email message goes to a fake Outlook or Microsoft website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, Live usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.

If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook password immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

This scam is similar to the following:

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  • Posted: 2018-04-12T06:28:05 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Account Update!
    Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:07:49 AM
    To: security_drive@microsoft.com
    Subject: FINAL WARNING: Mailbox Closure Request is in progress

    Your security info is no longer working

    On 18/04/2018 our system found that your security
    info is no longer working.

    Starting from 18/04/2018 you won't be able to sign in to
    your account unless you fix security info

    To fix your security info,

    Update Your Account Now

    If your security info is already fixed, you can cancel this request.
    Terms of Use Privacy & Cookies

    © 2018 windows live"

    delete


  • Posted: 2018-04-11T10:01:32 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: Mail Support
    Date: 11/04/2018 11:10 am (GMT 00:00)
    To: security_drive@microsoft.com
    Subject: FINAL WARNING: Mailbox Closure Request is in progress

    Your security info is no longer working On 18/04/2018 our system found that your security info is no longer working.

    Starting from 18/04/2018 you won't be able to sign in to your account unless you fix security info

    To fix your security info,

    Update Your Account Now

    If your security info is already fixed, you can cancel this request.
    Terms of Use Privacy & Cookies

    © 2018 windows live

    delete


  • Posted: 2018-01-26T22:51:23 by an anonymous user from or near: Shinnston, West Virginia, United States

    Here is one I got in my Yahoo email:

    "YAHOO !


    Dear Valued User,

    We received your request to close down your account.

    We will process your request within 24 hours.

    If it was not you, kindly follow below and sign in to cancel request and continue using our services.

    CANCEL REQUEST HERE

    Failure to follow this notification will lead to error or your
    mailbox will be closed completely.

    Regards
    Yahoo Team."

    delete


  • Posted: 2018-01-09T07:58:49 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Notification Team [mailto:sophia.j.bonafini@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, January 8, 2018 1:12 PM
    Subject: Mailbox closure request in progress

    Outlook

    We received your request to delete your Email, We will process your request within 24 hours.

    All features associated with your Email will be lost.

    To retain your Email, kindly Cancel Request to continue using our services.

    CANCEL REQUEST

    © 2018 Outlook. Support. All Rights Reserved.

    Sent from Outlook"

    delete


  • Posted: 2017-11-16T08:33:49 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Team
    Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:23:16 AM
    Subject: Mailbox Closure Request is in progress now

    Microsοft
    Dear User,

    This is to inform you that Microsοft Outloοk will discontinue suppοrt on your accοunt and security.

    and you will no longer have access to many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attαchments.

    Take a minute to updαte your accοunt for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsοft Outloοk experience.

    Updαte Your Accοunt

    Sincerely

    Outloοk.com Team
    Microsοft respects your privαcy. Review our οnline Privαcy Statement"

    delete


  • Posted: 2017-04-05T18:31:47 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: MSN Team
    Date: April 5, 2017 at 4:01:50 AM CDT
    To: msn_members@outlook.com
    Subject: MAIL ALERT

    Security Information

    Hello User,
    We received your instruction to empty all your Inbox and Sent Folders
    We will Delete & Close Your Account Within 24 hours
    You need to confirm if you made this request or we will continue with the request.
    If you think it is an error, take action immediately to stop this process.

    CANCEL & STOP ACTION NOW

    Thank You,
    Team
    2017"

    delete


  • Posted: 2017-03-22T05:58:53 by an anonymous user from or near: Bath, England, United Kingdom

    I've received this message twice in the last week, with a yorkua.ca suffix on the email. I deleted the mails immediately.

    delete


  • Posted: 2017-02-20T03:20:25 by an anonymous user from or near: Slough, England, United Kingdom

    Helpful info , thank you. Just got one of these phishing scams. You don't' mention what action to take apart from not responding.

    delete


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